World athletes of the year are record holders McLaughlin and Duplantis

Update: 05.12.2022 22:31

Monte Carlo – The best athletes in the world for 2022 are American hurdler Sydney McLaughlin and Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis. World Athletics announced this on social media today. Both awards broke the world record several times in the past season.

McLaughlin twice improved her own all-time record from last year’s victorious Olympics in Tokyo. At the national championships, she ran the 400-meter hurdles in 51.41, and at the world championships she took an unprecedented 73 hundredths to 50.68. In addition to this individual gold, she also helped the quartet relay to the world title. Thanks to this, she surpassed other world record holders Yulimar Rojas and Tobi Amusan in the short selection and followed the success of another American hurdler Dalilah Muhammad, who was the best athlete in the world in 2019.

Twenty-three-year-old McLaughlin had the year of her life. “I achieved all my goals this year. It couldn’t have been better and I was very grateful to be able to perform in front of my home crowd,” she said in a World Athletics press release.

The pole vaulting phenomenon Duplantis, who stopped at 621 centimeters, surpassed his own record three times. He won the indoor and outdoor world title, won the European Championship and the Diamond League. Thanks to this, he is the best athlete in the world for the second time, he repeated the success from the “coronavirus” year 2020.

While he shared the title of Europe’s best athlete this year with Norwegian runner Jakob Ingebrigtsen, he won the global award independently. For the entire year 2022, he lost in only one of nineteen races, he crossed the six-meter mark twenty-three times.

“At the beginning of the year, I had really high expectations and really big goals. I wanted to win the World Indoor Championships, the World Outdoor Championships, Europe, the Diamond League Finals and break the world record several times. I did it and as the icing on the cake I managed to overcome world record at the right time, at the indoor and outdoor world championships. I can’t complain,” said the 23-year-old American in Swedish colors.

Sprinter Erriyon Knighton became the first athlete to win the Rising Star Award for the second time. The 18-year-old American twice broke the junior world record for 200 meters and won bronze at the adult World Championships. He became the youngest medalist in the individual sprint race in the history of the WC.

Serbian javelin thrower Adriana Vilagos was chosen as the female rising star. She defended her world title at the Junior WC in Cali, which was the highlight of her season. In August, at the European adult championship, she won silver ahead of world record holder Barbora Špotáková.

“I came to the European Championships without great ambitions and it’s still unbelievable that it went so well. I ended up in such a tough competition in front of legends like Barbora Špotáková,” she said in a video on World Athletics’ social networks.


Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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